Called “Port of Los Muertos” (after the name of a nearby beach), the modernistic new docking area underwent a $2.4 million makeover as part of the city’s downtown renovation program. It features a surface of 2,182 square feet adjoining a waterfront promenade and scenic lighting.
“This icon of the city is a reflection of the modern and diverse products found in Puerto Vallarta. It is a sign of the thirst the city has for projects that will update and make Puerto Vallarta the best city to visit in the Pacific,” said Puerto Vallarta Mayor Ramón Guerrero Martinez.
The new dock, which can hold as many as six medium-size boats at a time, is operated in addition to Puerto Vallarta's larger cruise port.
Boat owners or renters will be able to make quick runs from the dock to a number of beaches and cities lining the 60-mile-long bay as well as to points north of Puerto Vallarta along the bordering Riviera Nayarit, officials noted.
The city was founded in 1851 as the township of Las Penas (the rocks) de Santa Maria. It was renamed Puerto Vallarta in 1918 in honor of Ignacio Luis Vallarta, a former governor of the state. Now one of Mexico's most popular resort areas, the city offers some 300 hotels with over 21,000 rooms on beaches along a prime section of the bay.